Earth Day Festival fun comes to Chestertown
CHESTERTOWN — Sunny skies and a mild breeze greeted attendees to Chestertown’s ninth annual Earth Day Festival Saturday. Held in Memorial Plaza, the event was organized by the Chestertown Environmental Committee and by the Town of Chestertown. There was an array of organizations that participated in the festival providing information on eco-friendly and sustainable options from solar energy contractors and conservation organizations. Mt. Olive Church provided fried fish and shrimp along with other festival food from its food truck. The festival also included a show of electric and Earthfriendly cars including a Tesla, a BMW i8, a Toyota Prius and a Chevrolet Volt owned by festival organizer Jon Hanley. Adults who attended could bring batteries, CFL and fluorescent bulbs to be recycled courtesy of Hanleyman Services. Children enjoyed face painting, fun in a bounce house and crafts at Kaleidoscope Art Studio’s booth, where they could create “Earth necklaces.” Infinity Recycling provided its annual “guess the weight” contest where anyone could make a guess at how much bales of recycled cardboard, aluminum cans
and plastic water or soda bottles weighed. There also was a “guess the number of pull tabs” contest. Nevin Dawson was the winner of two of Infinity Recycling’s contests. Dawson guessed 2,556 pull tabs landing him the closest to the actual number of 3,261. Dawson also won the plastic bale weight with his guess of 872 pounds, just 24 pounds over. The cardboard bale guess was won by Chris Galt with 1,232 pounds, which was 56 pounds over the actual weight. The aluminum can bale guess by Lydia Burnum, whose guess was almost spot on at 575 pounds, which was just 4 pounds too low. Winners received gift cards from local eateries the Seed House, Procolino’s, Figg’s Ordinary and Play It Again Sam. Over in Fountain Park, the town officials celebrated spring with an abridged version of its festival Spring Splash. The original event was scheduled for March, but was canceled due to a forecast of snow. Chestertown Mayor Chris Cerino led the countdown to turn on the Hebe Fountain for spring.
From left, Jack Ferry, 6, and Grace Ferry, 9, of Church Hill create Earth necklaces at Kaleidoscope Art Studio’s booth during the Earth Day Festival. Children could choose from a variety of materials for their necklaces. The materials and artistic advice was provided by Shelley Armiger, who owns the studio. The studio is set to open during First Friday, May 4 in Chestertown.
Dick Crane shows a honeycomb created by his bees during the Earth Day Festival. Crane is a member of the Upper Eastern Shore Beekeepers Association.
From left are the first- and second-place winners of RiverArts’ Recycled Art Contest.
The Earth Day Festival’s show of eco-friendly cars included a BMW i8, which has a lithium-ion battery pack.
From left, Echo Hill Outdoor School staff members Courtney Weaver and Ali Sanders watch as siblings Lucy, 8, Teddy, 6, and Alida Trumbauer, 10, take a look a a cow skull at Echo Hill Outdoor School’s booth during the eighth annual Earth Day Festival held Saturday in Chestertown. For the festival, the school brought items for visitors to touch including pelts and water samples from local creeks and rivers.
Erica Armiger of Infinity Recycling stands next to a truck filled with crushed recycling collected from Chestertown. Attendees to the Earth Day Festival could guess how much each pallet of recycled plastic bottles, cans and cardboards weighs for a chance to win gift certificates.
Luca Joswick, 2, of Millington and Jenna Joswick get a closer look at Hebe Fountain Saturday following the countdown ceremony to turning it back on for spring and summer.